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Hustlers, Killers, and Thieves

by Greg Hester

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1.
Shine ya shoes govna? Let me tell you something When you DONE LEFT HOME & think you're grown Talking bout' going to the Big City The Big City Ain't Got No Pity in the big city, we're waiting on you You have no idea when you talking ‘bout the city Let me tell you something................ I was born in New York City on a Monday Seems I was out shinning shoes by Tuesday noon Yeah, all the fat cats in the bad hats Doing me a real big favor Got the fat cats in the bad hats laying it on real good Here’s a dime boy, give me a shine boy When the cold wind blow in NYC The streets don’t place to be, but there you are So you try hard or you die hard Nobody really gives a good damn And you try hard or you die hard No one gives a damn Here’s a dime boy give me shine boy When you’re down and out in NYC Ain’t no way to be, but where you go? When you’re down and out in NYC Never never never gonna get that way again, Hey! Gonna get myself together in the morning Gonna leave it all behind like a bad bad dream All the fat cats in the bad hats doing me a real big favor All the fat cats in the bad hats laying it on real good Here’s a dime boy give me shine boy When you’re down and out in NYC Ain’t nowhere to be when where can you go When you’re down and out in NYC Never never never gonna get that way again When you’re down and out Ohh when you’re down and out Down and out in NYC All the fat cats with the bad hats doing me a real big favor When your down and out… Oh when your down and out… All the fat cats with the bad hats AAH BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM
2.
Proctor Lane 03:43
Who’s that brother on proctor lane? I’m that brother on proctor lane Are You that brother with the cape and cane I’m that brother with the cape and cane I’m that brother that’s so insane Everybody wants to play my game Now everybody knows I’m down on proctor lane Everybody say proctor lane Proctor lane! Proctor lane… Proctor lane! Everybody say proctor lane Proctor lane! Everybody say proctor lane Proctor lane! Now here she comes down on proctor lane Doing everything but shaking her thing Telling everybody she knows why But that girl ain’t got no alibi I been there and I've been dead I been back and everywhere Now shes back & She don’t think She can find That brother with the cape and cane You know I like you when you shake it You know I like you when you shake it You know I like you when you shake it You know I like you when you shake it Two Dollars more & I'll Fake it!!! Down on Proctor I’m your doctor Down on Proctor I’m your doctor Down on Proctor I’m your doctor I’m the brother that makes you scream I’m that brother that is so …extreme I’m that brother that can play your game I’m that brother with the cape and cane You know I like it when you shake it You know I like it when you shake it You know I like it when you shake it You know I like it when you shake it Two dollars more and I'll fake it Who’s that brother on proctor lane? I’m that brother on proctor lane Are you that brother with the Famous Flames? I’m that brother with the Famous Flames I’m that brother with the cape and cane Everybody wants to play my game Now everybody knows I'm Down On Proctor Lane!!!!!
3.
People come to me and say What’s a fool like you doing here And even though I got it made I just begun to see it clearly All my love is gone It left the night we said goodbye Maybe one day in a dream We will see where we are going it’s what we’re meant to be it’s what we’re meant to be it’s what we’re meant to be Hustlers, killers, and thieves People still come up to me And say what’s a fool like you still doing here Just because you think you got it made You think you can see everything so clear All your love is gone It left the night you said goodbye But maybe one day in a dream You will see where you are going It’s what you’re meant to be It’s what you’re meant to be It’s what we’re meant to be Hustlers, killers, and thieves
4.
Crazy Lovin' 02:59
Gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie your crazy lovin’ Gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie your crazy lovin’ Gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie your crazy lovin’ Gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie your crazy lovin’ …Now girl let tell you what I'd do for you to make you want to be with me I know I see you starring back at me with those big brown eyes Come on give it to me Gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie your crazy lovin’ Gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie your crazy lovin’ Gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie your crazy lovin’ Gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie your crazy lovin’ All the squares that keep on talkin’ about you people don’t you know that talk is cheap I got a love that last forever and that’s what I’m gonna keep Now…love me like you used to do Hit me Gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie all crazy lovin’ Gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie all crazy lovin’ Gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie all crazy lovin’ Gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie all crazy lovin’ Love me like you used to do baby Love me like you used to do baby baby Love me like you used to do come on Love me like you used to do Gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie all crazy lovin’ Gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie all crazy lovin’ Gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie all crazy lovin’ Gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie gimmie all crazy lovin’ Love me like you used to do
5.
Ain’ it funky now? So funky Girl, let me tell you what you got to do, T.C.B. so mellow, nobody can get through. When he asks you do you love him, smile and kiss his cheek. Walk away and twist your hip, make sure you keep him weak. Don't let nobody take care your business better than you do, Do what he wants, when he wants, respect will come to you. hold your man hold your man hold your man hold your man Never get so confident so it's nothin' you want to know, Because that's the time you lose your thing, and then you got to blow. you know what you got to tell him to be the untold boss Use your thing so carefully and it won’t be a total loss Sister, when you love your man, be careful how you tell him that He will put you back in a corner, and use you like a Sunday hat hold your man hold your man hold your man hold your man Never get too confident so it's nothin' you want to know, Because that's the time you lose your thing, then you got to blow. You know I got what it takes to be the untold boss, You gotta use it carefully and you can't be a total... Can I get some help? Give it up Got to have it so good Give it up Show him what you got to give Girl, let me tell you what you got to do, T.C.B. so mellow, nobody can get through. When he asks you do you love him, smile and kiss his cheek. Walk away and twist your hip, make sure you keep him weak. Don't let nobody take care your business better than you do, Do what he wants, when he wants, respect will come to you. Can I get a witness? Can I get a witness? I need a witness Ain’t it funky now Can I get a witness, over here? Aint it funky now? Yes it is. Ain’t it funky now It’s so funky It’s sweet cause it's on the beat
6.
The Corner 04:21
….Fire's Within' Joy luck club Good god almighty don’t you know we're past the age of innocence Just a kiss before I Go I love you I love you not I love your Hollywood smile …Thunder of drums living out Loud ohhh don’t ya know….Life sure is Beauti-fowl So if you see her up on 8th and Juniper Tell her that fuzzy sent ya Hey! Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner …..no no no Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Love your Hollywood smile Toy soldiers living in the big town Rain drops fall all around, all around The first 9 in a half weeks are the hardest when you're livin' with close encounters of the worst kind Now now now now now Down on the avenue Trixy still got…fur boots on....scrapes on her knees tears in her eyes Lord she's been workin' so hard ,so hard So if you see her up on 8th and juniper Tell her that fuzzy sent you Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner …. Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Love your Hollywood smile Mr Jenkins…Mr. Jenkins!! Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner A Little alley … Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner We walk for miles …. Lord have mercy… Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Meet me at the corner Way up in Buffalo, Down in Tupleo Trixy still got her boots on...... Ohhhh no no no no no no noooooo
7.
Pork Chops 03:57
Pork Chops
8.
I Love Ya' 03:41
Say what you will I’ll tell you how I feel…I love ya’ Let’s not try to fight Let’s just make it right…I love ya’ When you’re all the world I’ll ever need come on pretty baby say it back to me love is all I have to give, won’t you say it back to me I love ya’ I know how you feel when you tell me you’re for real I love ya’ I’ll give you what you want, you can even flaunt So come on tell me why, why I even try I love ya’ I’ll give you the moon just don’t leave the room…I need you When you’re all the world I’ll ever need come on pretty baby say it back to me love is all I have to give, won’t you say it back to me I love ya’ When you’re all the world I’ll ever need come on pretty baby say it back to me love is all I have to give, so won’t you say it back to me I love ya’ tell me how you feel and I’ll make it real I love ya’ let’s not try to fight let’s just make it right…I love ya’ I’ll give you the world just go be my girl…I love ya’ Say what you will I’ll tell you how I feel…I love ya’
9.
Prezident 05:52
Take me to the groove People won’t you let me be your president You hear me People won’t you let me be your president You hear me I tell you you got to have sooouuul One thing that I know fo sho’ Im gonna get it together Another thing that I know fo sho’ It’s gonna be much better I wanna be your president I take that groove Make that move Just outta sight …I Like some Tricks, I like some Treats I likes the people that I meet I’m gonna stop the crime on the street Gonna make sure my peeps got something to eat Gonna change some laws stop inflation I'm the Prezident I rule the Nation… People won’t you let me be your president People won’t you let me be your president One thing that I know fo sho’ I’m gonna love you forever Another thing that I know fo sho’ It’s gonna be even better I want to be your president I said I got to represent ya’ I want to be your president I said I got to represent ya’ Take me to church…. Ivan People won’t you let me be your president You hear me People won’t you let me be your president Youe hear me I want to be your president I want to be your president You hear me Oh yeah I said take me to the groove AHH the cape man need to understand…That Superman Batman Robin…Danny Ray What I say… We talking about the groove, capeman All these people got the capes Talkin’ bout the groove Make your move You know what You've got to have flare to stand out there…. I tell ya you got to have soul Get ready get ready get the soul and yourself together Aw you got to stand strong like a strong piece of leather You hear me
10.
The Boss 03:57
I paid the cost to be the boss I paid the cost to be the boss I paid the cost to be the boss I paid the cost to be the boss Look at me know you see? You see a bad mother Look at me, see what you see You see a bad mother I paid the cost to be the boss I paid the cost to be the boss I paid the cost to be the boss I paid the cost to be the boss Look at me see what you see You see a bad mother Shut your mouth Look at me see what you see You see a bad mother I paid the cost to be the boss I paid the cost to be the boss I paid the cost to be the boss I paid the cost to be the boss Look at me see what you see You see a bad mother Look at me what do you see You see a bad mother Shut your mouth I’m a bad mother

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"Hustlers, Killers & Thieves", features Ivan Neville & The James Brown Band including Fred Wesley, Fred Thomas, Emcee Danny Ray & Legendary Guitarist Keith Jenkins. HKT was produced & recorded in Nashville by Eric McConnell ( Loretta Lynn, Todd Snider ).

Who’s that brother on Proctor Lane?

Take a drive with Greg Hester through HIS world – a place where booze comes in a paper bag and everyone has a nickname. A world of colorful characters who dance the circus dance of life each day while the rest of us make our way from the city out to our safe suburban homes.

As we ignore their gaze, they peer at us in our fancy little boxes and wonder who we are – hustlers, killers, or thieves. Because they know the score, and they’re not trading the joy and the rhythm for a shiny and safe life.

Truly great music instantly changes the context, transporting the listener to the artist’s world. Greg Hester manages to do just that with Hustlers, Killers, and Thieves. Just a few notes in, you’re in that city with all of its dirty glory. Greg Hester grew up around Old School Gangsters & Legendary Wrestlers in Augusta, Georgia, which made a huge impact on this soon to be Soul Man. His approach to soul is clearly influenced by the greatest, the magnificent Mr. James Brown, and yet is also clearly southern in style.

No, not Texas, New Orleans, or even Alabama southern. With a clear understanding of his heritage Greg manages to bring a new South to us, an urban South that is as real as the haze on a hot summer day. And oh, does the man work it, as if Mr. Brown himself taught him the ropes.

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released November 23, 2009

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